A positive turning point in life: How persons with late effects of polio experience the influence of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation programme
2010 (English)In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, ISSN 1650-1977, Vol. 42, no 6, 559-565 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To describe and enhance our understanding of how persons with late effects of polio experience the influence of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation programme. Participants: Twelve persons with clinically verified late effects of polio who had participated in an individualized, goal-oriented, comprehensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation programme. Methods: Qualitative research interviews analysed using the constant comparative method of grounded theory. Results: The rehabilitation programme was experienced as a turning point in the participants' lives. Before rehabilitation they felt they were on a downward slope without control. Rehabilitation was the start of a process of change whereby they acquired new skills, which, over time, contributed to a different but good life. After approximately a year, they had a sense of control and had accepted life with late effects of polio. They had also established new habits, taken on a changed valued self and could look to the future with confidence. Conclusion: This qualitative study has shown that persons with late effects of polio can benefit from an individualized, goal-oriented, comprehensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation programme and experience positive changes in their management of daily activities and in their view of their late effects of polio, their future and their self.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 42, no 6, 559-565 p.
activities of daily living, disease management, patient education, postpoliomyelitis syndrome, rehabilitation, treatment outcome
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109706DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0559ISI: 000279001000008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-109706DiVA: diva2:858921